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Details about cookies on QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK

QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site and to government digital services.

We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit on QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK and how long you spend on them
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

Google Analytics sets the following cookies.

NamePurposeExpires
_gaThese help us count how many people visit QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before2 years
_gidThese help us count how many people visit QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before24 hours
_ga_M130LYYCBVThese help us understand how people that visit QAVS.DCMS.GOV.UK use the website by storing their session state.2 years

Cookies that remember your settings

These cookies do things like remember your preferences and the choices you make, to personalise your experience of using the site.

NamePurposeExpires
home_animation_stateSet to remember if the homepage animation should autoplay or not. It is only set if you explicitly click the play/pause button.1 year

Strictly necessary cookies

Your progress when applying for the award

When you use the ‘apply for a queen’s for voluntary service award’ service, we’ll set a cookie to remember your progress through the forms. These cookies do not store your personal data and are deleted after 24 hours.

NamePurposeExpires
_qavs_sessionSet to remember information you’ve entered into the application when nominating a group24 hours

Your cookie preferences

NamePurposeExpires
given_general_cookie_consentRemembers whether you’ve set any cookie preference and is used to hide the cookie banner.1 year
given_analytics_cookies_consentUsed to store your preference if you allow analytics tracking cookies, e.g. Google Analytics.1 year
given_preference_cookies_consentUsed to store your preference if you allow preference cookies to be stored, e.g. homepage animation state1 year

Youtube cookies

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

NamePurposeExpires
PREF*
VSC*
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE*
remote_sid*
YouTube cookies

PREF – *after eight months
VSC – *at the end of your session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE – *after eight months
remote_sid – *at the end of your session

Third-party websites

DCMS does not take responsibility for any cookies placed on your device from other websites. Please note that if you click through to a website that we have provided a link to, DCMS has no control over the cookies set on these websites, so please see that organisations cookie policy and setting pages for details on how to manage their cookies.